Category: Pork Free

Cha Ca Thang Long (Vietnamese Grilled Fish) @ Old Quarter, Hanoi

Cha Ca (Vietnamese Grilled Fish) is a rare yet iconic dish in Hanoi that has been listed as one of the 1,001 dishes to eat before you die. One of the unique thing about Cha Ca is that it is usually the only food on the menu of the restaurants that serve it. So it’s either you eat it, or you don’t.
When I was in Hanoi I visited two restaurants that serve this delicacy – one of them is Cha Ca Va Long, which is said to be the inventor of this dish but also a tourist trap. The other one is located at the Old Quarter called Cha Ca Thang Long. The latter is much more affordable (1/3 of the price of Cha Ca Va Long) and serves basically the same tasting dish.

Vietnamese-Grilled-Fish
Vermicelli

A meal of Cha Ca is made of a few key ingredients: chunks of turmeric marinated white fish meat usually of snakehead fish, cold Vietnamese vermicelli noodles and a few condiments such as peanuts, chopped spring onion, parsley, fish sauce and red chillies. As you might have known by now, the idea is to mix everything into a small bowl and serve.

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Bebek Semar Warung @ Ubud, Bali

Ubud is widely regarded as the cultural centre of Bali hence it is an ideal place to shop for arts and handicrafts. This mountainous region is also famous for few other things such as rice terrace, volcano views and also Bebek Goreng Bali which is Balinese fried duck. Restaurants that serve this local delicacy could be seen everywhere and they mostly cater to tourists who come in bus loads.

Paddy-Field-View

Besides serving bebek, these restaurants also share a similar characteristics of having a paddy field view. So the overall dining experience could be summarized as ‘eating ducks next to paddy fields’. After refusing to eat at two obvious tourist traps, our tour guide finally brought us to Semar Warung – a place where he at least had personally been to before.
The first thing we noticed was the lower prices compared to the previous two that we just rejected. I wouldn’t say it’s cheap but definitely affordable. However, I am still quite certain that this is a tourist restaurant, maybe just less so.

Bebek-Goreng

Luckily the food turned out to be quite good and we liked the bebek goreng @ Rp85k. The type of duck they use here is different from those we use to roast back in Malaysia. It is much smaller in size with a darker flesh akin to mutton and less gamey in flavor. But because the duck is fried, it could taste a bit dry but it was still delicious nonetheless. The spicy bumbu that comes togehter is extremely spicy and really spruces up the dish.

Ubud is widely regarded as the cultural centre of Bali hence it is an ideal place to shop for arts and handicrafts. This...

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TEN Japanese Fine Dining @ Marc Residence, KL

TEN Japanese Fine Dining was one of the best restaurants at the recent TasteMIGF event and their tasting portions left us satisfied and impressed. Ever since after that, we had been longing to dine at their restaurant at Marc Residence KL.
But since TEN is a fine dining restaurant, pricing is expectedly on the higher side. Because of that we could not afford to just walk in whenever we want; a bit of planning is required. Which is why when LivingSocial launched a deal for TEN for a 3 course fine dining lunch for 2 pax, and much to our delight at an affordable price of RM168, we bought it in a heartbeat.

TEN-Appetizer

One thing you should probably know about TEN is that they only serve set meals for lunch while the la carte menu is available for dinner service only. Luckily the set is customizable so you could choose the number of courses according to your budget and appetite.
And as usual the meal starts off with an appetizer which is a medley of sashimi, mushroom and tofu in small servings. Both of us had a Chawanmushi with surprisingly lots of seafood too. Everything was pleasant but it was the fresh tasting sashimi that stood out.

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‘Pleasure’ – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur’s Healthy Fine Dining Cookbook

More than 20 local and foreign chefs from top restaurants in the country worked hard to create mouth-watering recipes for Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur‘s (GKL) ‘Pleasure’ – a healthy fine dining cookbook.

Pleasure-Book-Launch

With 80 recipes covering both local and international cuisine including Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Western dishes, ‘Pleasure’ offers the incentive to families to cook healthy yet flavoursome fine dining meals in the comfort of their own homes.
GKL’s Chief Dietician Lim Ai Leng, who carefully vetted each of the recipes’ ingredients and calories – ensured the dishes actually qualify to be labelled as healthy food. Besides recipes, ‘Pleasure’ also contains an informative healty eating guide.

Bite-Sized-Dishes

Each participating restaurant was asked to contribute four recipes with each covering the different food groups that were categorized into salads and vegetables, noodles and grains, seafood and meat and dessert. Four recipes from the cookbook will even be selected to be added to GKL’s own fine dining menu for its patients.

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